Monthly Archives: "March, 2016"

Electricity Supply Connections in Constrained Areas – Share Your Views
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One of most important obligations that a distribution network operator (DNO) has is the duty to offer new customers a connection to the electricity network. Connecting supplies enables new businesses to begin trading, generators to be able to export energy and new housing to be habitable. The service that each DNO provides should meet the needs of its connection customers. Network constraints can affect all types of customers requiring a connection, from large new industrial or housing developments through to...

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The Renewable Heat Incentive: Consultation on Proposed Reform
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Heating constitutes a major part of this challenge. Heat accounts for almost half of UK energy use and a third of UK carbon emissions. The UK will not meet its climate change commitments without a stronger long-term plan to move to low carbon heating and a mass roll out of low carbon heating technology is required from the 2020 onwards in order to meet decarbonisation targets. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was introduced to support households, businesses, public bodies and...

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Wales – A Beacon of Best Practice in Sustainable Development
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The Welsh Government has launched the ‘Energy Efficiency in Wales’ strategy 2016-26, which aims to play a major role in addressing efficiency issues and driving economic growth by supporting green jobs and skills throughout the country over the next decade. The strategy sets out the increasing need to recognise the benefits of energy efficiency and take action to reduce pressures on consumer bills. In addition, the strategy addresses fuel poverty, supports the development of a sustainable energy efficiency supply...

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The Demise of CRC – A New Dawn for Carbon Reporting?
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The Chancellor confirmed this week during the Spring Budget speech that the Carbon Reduction Scheme (CRC) will be abolished as a direct result of the Business Energy Tax Review. The CRC’s original aim was to encourage energy reduction for large scale business users but modifications to increase revenue for HM Treasury transformed it into a tax. The CRC currently delivers around £900 million of revenue to Treasury each year. The CRC reporting mechanism will remain in place until the...

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Spring Budget 2016 and the Energy Industry – No Great Surprises Here!
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The Chancellor has completed his Spring Budget speech which included several announcements for the energy industry. Initial results from the Business Energy Tax Review have also been presented. The key points are as follows: The abolition of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) came as no surprise. As a direct result of the Business Energy Tax Review, the scheme is far too complex from both reporting and administration perspectives. Its original aim was to encourage energy reduction for large scale business...

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CMA Announcement on Energy Market Reform
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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced its proposals to reform the energy market, open up competition and help customers get a better deal following the conclusions from its investigation in June. The remedies proposed include a range of measures aimed directly at customers (including microbusinesses) to encourage a greater number to benefit from switching to more competitively priced deals. One of these is the creation of an Ofgem-controlled database of customers who have been on the suppliers default...

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Heat Networks Compliance Delayed Until 2017 but Participants Should Still Act Now
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The National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO) has announced that the feasibility study and requirement to fit heat meters by 31st December 2016 has been delayed until 2017. The Heat Networks (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 came into force on 18 December 2014 under the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. It affects all businesses within the UK that supply and charge for heating, cooling or hot water to a final customer through communal heating or a district heating network (heat suppliers) including...

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Government Focus on the Capacity Market – Share Your Views
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DECC is seeking views on a number of changes to the electricity Capacity Market (CM), the way in which we ensure adequate electricity capacity is available in the UK. The consultation builds on the October 2015 review and further learning from the second Capacity Market Auction in December 2015. The consultation covers proposed changes on areas such as new build assurance, termination fees, avoiding accumulation of State aid, eligibility for Transitional Arrangements, prequalification timings and reviewing the Capacity Market...

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Energy Legislation Double Bill Event – 12th April 2016
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Carbon2018 invites you to its Energy Legislation Double Bill Event on Tuesday 12th April 2016. The event runs from 8am to 12pm. To reserve your place please complete the contact form.

DECC’s Five Year Plan Does Little to Boost Generation Investors’ Confidence
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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published a new departmental plan detailing its energy and environmental policy priorities for 2015-2020 and outlining how it will spend the annual budget of £3.3bn in 2015/16. DECC has pledged to help the UK deliver an energy infrastructure fit for the 21st Century whilst contributing to ambitious international action on climate change to safeguard long-term economic security. The department has declared that it remains committed to achieving an 80% reduction...

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